Carlos Alcaraz - Wimbledon 2023

Carlos Alcaraz ‘really wants’ to play Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic

Carlos Alcaraz has spoken about challenging the dominance of Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, as the No.1 looks to continue his 100% grass court record in 2023.

Alcaraz won his first grass court title at Queen’s Club, and as a consequence regained his place at the top of the ATP rankings.

Despite being the top seed heading into The Championships, Alcaraz has insisted defending Wimbledon champion Djokovic is the favourite and was asked about what is so challenging about facing him.

“I would say the pressure that they put to everyone. Not only to me, to everyone to play at their best for three hours in a Grand Slam,” explained Alcaraz. “I have to deal with that, but it’s something that I really want it. I hope to play a final here against him.”

Djokovic has won the last four Gentlemen’s singles titles at Wimbledon, and Alcaraz has also spoken about what makes the Serb so impressive on grass.

“He moves really well. He hits the ball really well, really clearly. He has a clean shot. It’s a mix of everything,” said Alcaraz. “I would say he doesn’t do anything wrong. He always makes really easy everything. It’s really tough to find some weakness on his game.”

Even though he is heading to SW19 as the top seed for the first time, Alcaraz claims he does not feel ‘much pressure’, ”Well, honestly, I don’t feel too much pressure about being No.1.”

He added, “I know what I have to do. For me it’s to play, play my best, try to win tournaments. I don’t think about being No.1 too much. I’m trying to put out all that pressure.”

Alcaraz will begin his Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday, when he plays tour veteran Jeremy Chardy in a first-time meeting between the pair.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic head-to-head

While there is often a lot of talk about Alcaraz and Djokovic battling against each other for major titles, they have only played each other on two occasions.

Here is how they have played out:

Alcaraz vs Djokovic: 1-1

  1. Alcaraz beat Djokovic, 6(5)-7 7-5 7-6(5) (Madrid Open Semi-final 2022)
  2. Djokovic beat Alcaraz, 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 (Roland Garros Semi-final 2022)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.